Definition of disclose in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈklōz/


[with object]
1Make (secret or new information) known: they disclosed her name to the press [with clause]: the magazine disclosed that he had served a prison sentence for fraud
More example sentences
  • The author, former MI5 agent was himself imprisoned for six months for disclosing secret information to a newspaper.
  • If granted, the unprecedented lifetime injunctions would prevent the media from ever disclosing information which would identify the two released killers.
  • Prison officers face jail and a hefty fine for disclosing information about inmates under draft legislation published yesterday.
reveal, make known, divulge, tell, impart, communicate, pass on, vouchsafe;
release, make public, broadcast, publish, report, unveil;
leak, betray, let slip, let drop, give away
informal let on, blab, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag
archaic discover, unbosom
1.1Allow (something) to be seen, especially by uncovering it: he cleared away the grass and disclosed a narrow opening descending into the darkness
More example sentences
  • It rolled up on a pair of silent hinges, disclosing a narrow stairwell.
  • Or you can travel to an ancient Indian temple to disclose a hidden treasure.
  • At the end of the path, turn right and push past some foliage to disclose a hidden pool.
uncover, reveal, show, expose, bring to light



Example sentences
  • The Appellant had been allowed to make representations but the source of the information was not disclosable.
  • Any comments made are likely to be disclosable.
  • He said that this was because the 250,000 was a loan, not a donation, and was therefore not disclosable under the law.


Example sentences
  • The act was also not supposed to entangle reporters in a net of prison sentences, either as recipients of leaks or as disclosers in their own right.
  • The purpose of such provisions would seem to be that suspicions should be conveyed and disclosers are not expected to be able to prove the truth of their allegations.
  • Subsequent disclosers may get off scot free, because the information is no longer ‘secret.’


Late Middle English: from Old French desclos-, stem of desclore, based on Latin claudere 'to close'.

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Syllabification: dis·close

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